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Do Dining Table & Chairs Need To Match?

Caseys Styling Guide

Ah, the age-old conundrum of interior decor: to match or not to match? When you walk into a furniture shop or browse through a glossy home decor magazine, you're often presented with perfectly matched, traditional dining sets, all elements singing in harmonious unison. 

But as you sip your morning coffee, you might wonder, is there room to bend the rules, mix things up, and add a splash of unconventional flair? 

The answer is yes! 

Join us as we unpack the evolving norms of dining room design, exploring how your dining room furniture can sport its own unique style!

How to Mix Dining Chairs and Tables

Mixing and matching dining chairs and table sets is a great way to personalise your dining space and create a unique and stylish look. 

The following ideas for mixing and matching dining chairs and table sets and some pieces from our collection will help you create a beautiful and cohesive dining area.

1. Different chairs for the foot and head of the table

Different dining chairs at the head and foot of the table, with different side chairs, can create a striking focal point. When choosing chairs, align them with your dining area's style, considering factors like colour and design. 

Create this look instantly with Caseys’ mix-and-match dining bundle. It not only adds visual interest but also offers flexibility in seating. Diversifying chair designs can personalise and elevate your dining space's aesthetics.

2. Chairs and benches

Chairs are the typical choice for dining seating, but adding benches introduces versatility and a distinct touch. It increases seating capacity, especially for larger gatherings, and brings a fresh visual dynamic. 

Choose a bench like the Hawley dining bench that aligns with your chair's style and material for a harmonious look. This mix breaks traditional uniformity and offers a chance to blend various styles, creating a unique and tailored dining space.

3. Same Style Different Colour

Introducing varied colours to your dining furniture while maintaining a consistent style can elevate the room's aesthetics and add vibrancy. Whether modern or rustic, using the same furniture style in different shades offers a cohesive yet playful twist. 

The Dylan dining chair range from Caseys allows you to mix and match the same style chairs in different pastels, offering a modern style with a soft finish. This approach will align with other decor elements and provide flexibility to update the room's look without replacing all furniture.

4. Symmetry is key

Symmetry isn't about perfect matches but about creating harmony. Using identical chairs on opposite table sides or incorporating similar decor elements ensures a unified look. The Utah dining chair from Caseys in two or three different colours placed in symmetry around an oval dining table works well to create this look. 

While chairs can vary, maintaining similar proportions or colours helps create coherence. So, even while mismatching different items, considering symmetry can result in a stylish, harmonious dining area.

5. Coordinate, coordinate, coordinate

To achieve a coordinated look with mixed dining furniture, the easiest thing to do is pair complementary styles with the modern dining furniture set from Caseys. You can also

  • Choose harmonious colours.

  • Blend different materials for texture and depth.

  • Match the desired atmosphere, such as rustic tables, with farmhouse chairs.

  • Include a coordinating design element, like a consistent shape or detail.

Complement with consistent accessories, from linens to wall art.

6. Play with your furniture palette

Diversify your furniture palette to create a standout dining room. Pair bold-coloured chairs with a contrasting table effortlessly with the Haye dining table and chair bundle

Adding coloured pedestals or accent chairs to neutral-toned furniture can also give it a sense of creativity — mix styles and materials, like contemporary chairs with a rustic table.

7. Match the furniture to your space

For an ideal dining space, consider:

  • Size: Match the table size to your room's dimensions and the number of guests you host. A large room fits a rectangular or oval table, while smaller spaces might prefer bar tables and stools.

  • Shape: Rectangular tables are versatile, circular dining tables encourage conversation, and square tables suit smaller rooms and offer a modern feel.

  • Chairs: Ensure their style complements the room and table. Prioritise harmonising materials, colours, finishes, and comfort.

For more ideas on designing the perfect dining room in a small space, check out our small dining room style guide.

Where Can I Find Quality Dining Chairs and Tables for Mixing or Matching in Ireland?

At Caseys, you can find a wide selection of quality dining tables and chairs in Ireland, perfect for mixing and matching. Whether you prefer a minimalist design or a more eclectic style, we have the perfect pieces to suit your taste.

Our range of dining chairs includes various styles, materials, and colours, allowing you to mix and match to your heart's content. From modern and sleek designs to traditional and rustic options, there is something for everyone. 

When it comes to dining tables, we offer a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes. Whether you are looking for a square, rectangular, or round table, we have options to suit your needs. Our tables are made from high-quality materials, ensuring durability and longevity.

Visit our website or showrooms in Limerick or Cork to explore our extensive collection. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect dining chairs and tables for mixing or matching.